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Religious Studies A Level at Chadwell Heath Academy

Course description

Edexcel’s New A level reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving religious studies environment. Through the Study of Philosophy, Ethics and a selection of the world’s major religions this new qualification will allow students to apply a wide range of concepts enabling them to confidently interpret, contextualise and analyse the expressions of religions and world views they encounter.

Course content

Modules for AS

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion (33.33%)
Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering.

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics (33.33%)
Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance

Paper 3: Study of Religion (33.33%)
Students take one of the following six options:
- Buddhism
- Christianity
- Hinduism
- Islam
- Judaism
- Sikhism
Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity.

Modules for A-Level
Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion (33.33%)
More indepth study of AS module plus: Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief.

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics (33.33%)
More indepth study of AS module plus: Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.

Paper 3 Study of Religion (33.33%)
More indepth study of AS modules plus: Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.


3 x 1 hour written exams

3 x 2 hour written exams

* All students will sit the AS at the end of the first year, the topics covered at AS will then be further developed during the second year of A Level.

Future opportunities

Entrance to universities and other institutions to study a wide range of subjects. Two examples are Medicine, where the AS Religious Studies course deals with medical ethics, reproductive technology, genetic research, beginning and end of life, all issues that have to be addressed at medical college. In relation to Law the issues covered at AS and A2 are justice, punishment, conscience and psychology, personal responsibility, civil rights, autonomy, freewill.

A qualification in Religious Studies is suitable for any career that involves working for people, for example: teaching, the police force, nursing, probation work, social work, youth work, and community work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chadwell Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2017
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